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Discussion in 'San Jose Earthquakes' started by chowhog99, Nov 3, 2004.
They have all of that already...if anything they would lose money having to travel to columbus...
You mean the Copa Rio Bravo...
Rio grande Cup
Copa Rio Bravo
The winner shall getting North American bragging rights, and enterance into Copa Liberadores!
The transfer window doesn't even open until January, so we don't know yet whether or not they are going to do anything to prevent it. In addition, Donovan himself seems pretty ambivalent. I think he is meeting soon with Leverkusen reps and may make his preference known soon. What the league does will be heavily dependent on what Donovan wants to happen.
Yes. At first I thought this would be a problem, but you're right: FIFA will go along with it so long as both associations agree to it.
This doesn't mean I think it's a good idea in this case, but it wouldn't be prevented by FIFA reguations if both the US and Mexico wanted it to happen.
Agreed. The US is already large enough as it is to make a single unified league challenging. Canada makes sense to join with the US for soccer leagues since most major Canadian cities are within fairly close proximity to US cities, but Canada itself is sparse and spread out enough overall, and with few enough major markets, to make supporting its own div-1 league (or even div-2 or 3) difficult.
If the US and Mexico joined, there'd be so many teams spread out over such a large geographic area that the only sensible solution would be to break it up into multiple geographic regions, each of which only plays within itself until the playoffs. So I don't see how joining the two leagues only to split them up again makes any sense.
Guys, MLS and MFL will NEVER merge to become one league, simple as that.
However, I do think that both leagues feel that the CONCACAF champions cup kinda sucks and would like to create an inter-league competition that would rival the UEFA Champions League.
Re: UniLeague Between Mexico & USA? That is what MLS envisions (USA/Canadian clubs)
points are well taken...
The trend now is to have member countries have a sanctioned D1 league, and Canada would be no exception. Though idealwise, it would easier for the CSA to have MLS place a team in Toronto, and/or Vancouver. It would all come down to money--would the CSA want to form, say, and 8 team division and have resources hard to come by, or would they want to take easier path, and let FIFA make an exception, and allow one, maybe two, Canadian clubs in MLS.
Again, the purists will say that Canada should just form their own D1 League. However, the other leagues (baseball, NBA) have tried to place teams in Canada, and we can add the NHL as well, for the sake of argument. Why not for MLS--it might be the better road if the Canadian player pool is to compete with the USA at the national team level.
Yes, there were some tinkering with the rules, such as the shootout (yes), the countdown clock, and also the points system on the table, but overall the NASL was sanctioned by FIFA. May we add there were teams in Vancouver, Toronto, and Edmonton to name a few in that old league. Cheers!